The Best Travel Shoes for Women Who Need Arch Support
Whatever your travel preferences are, anyone will tell you that a comfortable pair of shoes is the first thing you need to pack. It’s easy to forget that our regular pair of sandals or flats is not necessarily the best choice when you’re heading for a week of city hopping in Europe or hiking in Hawaii. And when it comes to choosing a proper pair of footwear for your vacation, arch support is essential.
“As we walk on hard surfaces the repetitive stress causes micro tears in the ligaments that hold our joints in place. Over time, our joints might slip out of position and we have what is commonly known as a fallen arch,” explained Dr. Taryn Rose, founder and strategic advisor of her eponymous footwear company. “The micro tears happen over years, so people don’t feel any symptoms. Women often say ‘my feet grew as I got older’ and it is due to the arches of the foot flattening out over the years.”
That issue, also known as overpronation or flat feet, can lead to inflammation such as plantar fasciitis, tendinitis, and heel spurs, according to Dr. Jacqueline Sutera, DPM. A supported arch will help to align the foot, resulting in better posture, pain- and stress-free movement, and, in general, fewer podiatrist visits down the line.
Or as Dr. Rose put it: “We have cars now with assisted driving but the vast majority of people still wear the shoe equivalent of the [Ford] Model T.”
So, if you are serious about your health, it’s time to update your closet with footwear that features built-in arch support. Trust us, your feet will thank you for it. Here, we rounded up 17 pairs that are not just comfortable but look cute, too.
Dr. Scholls Madison Sneaker
These cool black-and-white slip-on sneakers feature removable memory foam insoles that deliver all-day support. You could style them with a pair of jeans or a dress — they are as versatile as shoes can be.
To buy: zappos.com, $50
Vionic 'Country Logan' Ankle Boots
These vintage-inspired ankle boots with adjustable side buckles will add a touch of boho chic to your ensemble while keeping your feet well-ventilated and comfortable thanks to a breathable, microfiber-lined footbed.
To buy: vionicshoes.com, $160
Aetrex 'Kylie' Slip-on
This has to be the perfect everyday slip-on shoe to pack for a vacation. It combines a fun, espadrille-inspired look and a functional, contoured footbed with arch support.
To buy: nordstrom.com, $90
Cole Haan Zerogrand Wingtip Oxfords
This lightweight and breathable shoe has an Oxford-inspired design and the features of a pair of comfy sneakers — an anatomically cushioned footbed and arch support that increases stability.
To buy: colehaan.com, $150
Naot 'Verbena' Sandals
Naot’s insoles are engineered — using natural rubber and cork — to replicate the shape of the foot, while offering great arch support and shock absorption.
To buy: zappos.com, $170
Beek 'Siskin' Mule
The founders at Beek set out to develop a sole with built-in arch support that doesn't look bulky. Plus, with every shoe purchased, Beek will also donate a meal to a child in need through various charity partners.
To buy: nordstrom.com, $375
L’Amour Des Pieds 'Bane' Wedge
The philosophy behind this brand is to create shoes that are contoured to your feet as opposed to having a static flat fit. This d’Orsay wedge is effortlessly chic and features crossed elastic-gore straps for a better and more stable fit.
To buy: nordstrom.com, $198
Ecco 'Soft 7' Mid Top
This mid-top sneaker cuts a sleek, no-fuss silhouette and comes with removable insoles with arch support.
To buy: nordstrom.com, $170
Mephisto 'Sidney' Penny Loafer
Classic looks and modern-day features, such as a removable, cushioned contoured footbed, make this loafer a total must-have for anyone who likes to stay stylish and comfortable on the road.
To buy: nordstrom.com, $379
Hush Puppies 'Adi' Moc Toe Loafers
Loafers are a weekend staple and Hush Puppies has created a style that not only pleases the eye but is also extremely comfortable. It features an EVA- and memory foam–cushioned footbed with arch support and a flexible sole.
To buy: nordstrom.com, $80
Onitsuka Tiger by Asics Tiger 'Ally' Sneakers
Amp up the cool factor of any outfit with these New York City–inspired kicks that deliver maximum comfort, thanks to a cushioned footbed with added gel and arch support.
To buy: zappos.com, $100
Naturalizer 'Marianne' Slip-on Sneaker
Naturalizer’s "Marianne" slip-on style has a cushioned footbed with arch support and comes in many eye-catching color combinations, as well as in several width options.
To buy: zappos.com, $70
Merrell 'Moab FST 2' Mid Waterproof Hiking Boots
These hiking boots have you covered, rain or shine. With a waterproof upper made from nubuck leather, a contoured insole, and a cushioned heel that absorbs shock, the "Moab" is the absolute best in hiking footgear.
To buy: zappos.com, $140